Tanzania: Deadly Dynamite Fishing Resurfaces

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Tanzania: Deadly Dynamite Fishing Resurfaces

Credits:  World Resources Institute: Reefs at Risk Revisited photo credit: Wolcott Henry/Marine Photobank

Tanzania is home to an extensive network of coral reefs that support major fishing and tourism industries. However, Tanzania is also the only country in Africa where dynamite fishing still occurs on a large scale. Inadequate penalties levied against dynamiters have allowed this illegal practice to re-emerge and expand after it had been nearly eradicated in the late 1990s. Increased pressure, both domestically and internationally, is needed to once again halt this short-sighted practice.